Houston Chronicle: Houston Exponential launches database to pull together the city’s tech community

Houston Chronicle: Houston Exponential launches database to pull together the city’s tech community. “Houston Exponential [last] Thursday unveiled a new database that brings together details about the city’s nascent technology ecosystem, making it easy to find out details about startups, venture funding and accelerators.”

Washington Post: Houston, Miami, other cities face mounting health care worker shortages as infections climb

Washington Post: Houston, Miami, other cities face mounting health care worker shortages as infections climb. “Shortages of health care workers are worsening in Houston, Miami, Baton Rouge and other cities battling sustained covid-19 outbreaks, exhausting staffers and straining hospitals’ ability to cope with spiking cases. That need is especially dire for front-line nurses, respiratory therapists and others who play hands-on, bedside roles where one nurse is often required for each critically ill patient.”

VERIFY: Houston newspaper did publish 43 pages of obituaries, but it was a quarterly advertising section (KHOU)

Thanks to Harriet S. for emailing me and correcting my screwup. Being human, I will mess up, but I try to let you know ASAP when I do. KHOU: VERIFY: Houston newspaper did publish 43 pages of obituaries, but it was a quarterly advertising section. “Thousands of people have been sharing social media posts that say the Houston Chronicle’s obituary section was 43 pages over the weekend. Many are linking the death announcements to the rise in local coronavirus cases. The problem is that conclusion is based on bad information.”

Preview: A new digital map is your guide to Houston’s murals

Preview: A new digital map is your guide to Houston’s murals. “The site is a project of UP Art Studio, a for-profit firm that has curated hundreds of civic commissions, including the Mini-Murals program on traffic boxes in Houston and Austin. Many UP Art projects populate the site to start, but the map is crowd-sourced, so others can add to it.” The site contains information on over 800 murals.

‘We opened too quickly, too soon’: Mayor Turner proposes a shutdown as city’s COVID-19 case count rises (Click2Houston)

Click2Houston: ‘We opened too quickly, too soon’: Mayor Turner proposes a shutdown as city’s COVID-19 case count rises. “Texas set a record on Saturday, reporting 10,351 new cases, the Associated Press reported. A record 10,083 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, while 99 new fatalities were also reported Saturday. The total is second only to the record 105 reported Thursday and brought the state’s overall death toll to 3,112. On Saturday, the City of Houston reported 1,524 new cases and nine deaths. It is the second time in less than a week that the city has reported over 1,000 new cases in a single day.”

‘All the hospitals are full’: In Houston, overwhelmed ICUs leave COVID-19 patients waiting in ER (NBC News)

NBC News: ‘All the hospitals are full’: In Houston, overwhelmed ICUs leave COVID-19 patients waiting in ER. “Houston hospitals have been forced to treat hundreds of COVID-19 patients in their emergency rooms — sometimes for several hours or multiple days — as they scramble to open additional intensive care beds for the wave of seriously ill people streaming through their doors, according to internal numbers shared with NBC News and ProPublica. At the same time, the region’s 12 busiest hospitals are increasingly telling emergency responders that they cannot safely accept new patients, at a rate nearly three times that of a year ago, according to data reviewed by reporters.”

ProPublica: A Spike in People Dying at Home Suggests Coronavirus Deaths in Houston May Be Higher Than Reported

ProPublica: A Spike in People Dying at Home Suggests Coronavirus Deaths in Houston May Be Higher Than Reported. “In Houston, one of the nation’s fastest-growing coronavirus hot spots, more residents are dying before they can make it to a hospital. Medical examiner data shows that an increasing number of these deaths are the result of COVID-19.”

CBS News: Houston mayor warns hospital system close to “overwhelmed” amid COVID spike

CBS News: Houston mayor warns hospital system close to “overwhelmed” amid COVID spike . “Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned Sunday that his city’s hospital system is close to becoming ‘overwhelmed’ with patients amid a spike in confirmed coronavirus cases. ‘If we don’t get our hands around this virus quickly, in about two weeks our hospital system could be in serious, serious trouble,’ Turner said on ‘Face the Nation.'”

ProPublica: Internal Messages Reveal Crisis at Houston Hospitals as Coronavirus Cases Surge

ProPublica: Internal Messages Reveal Crisis at Houston Hospitals as Coronavirus Cases Surge. “Texas was one of the first states in the nation to ease social distancing mandates. In Houston, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has quadrupled since Memorial Day. ‘It’s time to be alarmed,’ one expert said.”

Preview: More Houston restaurants forced to close during COVID-19 spike

Preview: More Houston restaurants forced to close during COVID-19 spike. “Texas’ alarming spike in coronavirus cases coincides with more hits to the local restaurant and bar industry. On Thursday the statewide total of new COVID-19 cases increased by nearly 6,000 – the state’s highest single-day increase. A new round of temporarily restaurant closures also marked the past few days.”

Bloomberg: Houston on ‘Precipice of Disaster’ as Virus Cases Spread

Bloomberg: Houston on ‘Precipice of Disaster’ as Virus Cases Spread. “Houston-area officials said they are ‘getting close’ to reimposing a stay-at-home order and prepared to reopen a Covid-19 hospital established but never used at a football stadium as virus cases expand in the fourth-largest U.S. city. The announcement by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Thursday came a day after the Lone Star state recorded its highest one-day tally of new cases since the pandemic emerged.”

Houston Chronicle: MFAH unveils new Latin art resources

Houston Chronicle: MFAH unveils new Latin art resources. “The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and its research institute, the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), have launched an expanded, redesigned website and database for its Documents of Latin American and Latino Art Digital Archive Project. Begun 20 years ago, the project now offers full, free access to more than 8,200 letters, manifestos, newspaper and journal articles, exhibition reviews and other key theoretical, critical and art-historical texts. The materials include significant writings by artists, critics and curators from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the U.S. Latino communities — many now available for the first time, via a more user friendly platform.”

PaperCity: Fight to Save Texas’ Endangered Historic Buildings Gets an Instagram Ally

PaperCity Magazine: Fight to Save Texas’ Endangered Historic Buildings Gets an Instagram Ally. “While neglect and redevelopment are destroying the remarkable modernist architecture in Dallas and Houston at an alarming rate, a new Instagram–based initiative… is documenting the cities’ mid-20th-century treasures in an effort to save them.”

OutSmart: New Houston Black LGBTQ Archive to Launch on Feb. 21

OutSmart: New Houston Black LGBTQ Archive to Launch on Feb. 21. “[Harrison] Guy asked the staff at Houston’s African American Library at the Gregory School about starting a black LGBTQ archive in Houston. What emerged from those early discussions is “The Black LGBTQ Houston History & Heritage Project—Charles Law Community Archive at the African American Library at the Gregory School” (or simply the Charles Law Community Archive). The archive will include activist papers, artifacts, and oral histories. “